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COHDScast Episode #8 Shira Avni


Shira Avni is an animation filmmaker and associate professor of film animation and cinema at Concordia University. She has been creating animated shorts with the National Film Board of Canada since 1997. Her films address questions of difference and social justice in ways that gently break down the viewer's habitual barriers. Her studio practice involves photography as well as clay-on-glass animation and painting, back-lit to create the shimmering effect of stained glass in motion. Presented in a cinema or darkened gallery space, the work engages the spectator in a highly personal, emotionally cathartic experience. Avni's current research explores the intersection of disability, identity and independence through a combination of animation and documentary media and collaborative, community-based animation films.

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